Like puppies, heads of hair need to be pampered regularly, or they’ll leave a mess on the couch and act up every time you roll down the car windows. Calm unruly coiffures with today’s Groupon: for $30, you receive $60 worth of harmonious haircut services at Salon Blanc on Ala Moana Boulevard.
The talented tress-tamers at Salon Blanc are guided by the experienced hands of Alan Vuong, salon owner and Honolulu Magazine's Editors' Pick for Best Hairstylist in 2009. Trim scalp noodles to an appetizing length with a selection of haircut services (women's $55+, men's $50+). All cuts are finished with a complimentary blow-dry and style using Kérastase products, ensuring strands are prepared for any impromptu driest-body-part competitions.
Salon Blanc is whitewashed in feathery, alabaster chandeliers, snowy orchids, and strings of white lights. Sleek black chairs swivel before glass-topped stations, and full-length windows let only the most flattering natural light in.
Groupon users are welcome to apply any leftover value to products or as a credit for future haircuts.
For Salon Blanc co-owner Alan Vuong, hair is more than something to tuck behind an ear or sweep over a shoulder—it's an artistic medium that inspires creativity and pride. The salon's website even asserts that "hair is an expression of the moment we live in." Nothing could hold truer for Vuong and his team, who are continually educating themselves on the latest cutting and coloring techniques and products. They displayed these to full effect when they journeyed to California for the 2011 International Salon and Spa Expo—one of the largest professional beauty events on the West Coast—a trip chronicled on Living Local.
Vuong's trendsetting artistic vision earned him the title of Honolulu magazine's Editors' Pick for Best Hairstylist in 2009, and according to that publication, "he even has clients flying in from Japan and Guam to get the Vuong vibe." He and his crew rely on the Kérastase and Shu Uemura lines for haircare, and also offer services such as bridal packages, makeup, and waxing.
It should come as no surprise that Vuong is as concerned with the salon aesthetic as he is with his clients' satisfaction. His blank-canvas hair philosophy is much like the look of the Ala Moana Beach–facing salon itself; in fact, he compared the space to an artist's studio in a feature in American Salon magazine. The minimalist, white-on-white interior is accentuated by black leather chairs and feathery chandeliers that are lighter and more elegant than a performance of Swan Lake on the international space station.